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2018- North West


  • DAC Beachcroft has appointed Kate Archer as a partner in its claims solutions business based in Manchester.
  • Fieldfisher has announced the appointment of Lindsay Holt, a clinical negligence specialist, as a partner based in Manchester.
  • Taylor Wessing has appointed Saleem Fazal as head of its new office in Liverpool.
  • Davis Blank Furniss has appointed Brigid O’Malley as a solicitor in its family team.
  • JMW Solicitors has launched a real estate finance team which is led by partners Warren Martin and Jodi Lund.
  • Capsticks has acquired Whiteheads Solicitors which has offices in Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
  • The Manchester office of Irwin Mitchell has appointed Paula Hanlon as a senior associate within its real estate team.
  • Clarke Willmott has appointed Emily Barcilon as a member of the family department in Manchester.
  • Stowe Family Law LLP has appointed Kaleel Anwar as a senior solicitor based in the Manchester office.
  • Butcher & Barlow has appointed Victoria Philipson as solicitor in the commercial litigation team.
  • Laura Bright has qualified into the dispute resolution department at Cartmell Shepherd.
  • Weightmans has confirmed that John Schorah will be serving a third term as its managing partner.
  • Simpson Millar has announced the acquisition of Liverpool based firm EAD Solicitors.
  • Napthens has announced the appointment of Lorna Rigby as a senior associate in its Liverpool office.
  • Slater and Gordon has appointed solicitor Gabrielle Read-Thomas to the firm’s family law team in Manchester.
  • Spence Family Law Solicitors has launched in Southport.
  • HRC Law has appointed Rob Eakins as a solicitor specialising in commercial law with a focus on contracts.
  • Simpson Millar has made a number of associate promotions in the North West, including Darrel Jardine and James Blower , Joanne Levy , Claire McGregor  and Natalie Julier .
  • Brown Turner Ross has appointed Chris Mason and Kendra McKinney as directors.
  • SAS Daniels has announced that Gemma O’Brien, Katie Hitchen, Charlie Wood and Alex Nortier have qualified with the firm.
  • Lancashire firm Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall Solicitors has appointed legal executive Diane Matthews to the firm’s family law team.


  • Browne Jacobson has appointed regulatory partner Helen Simm in its Manchester office.
  • Trowers & Hamlins has recruited a new real estate partner Chris Parkinson.
  • BSG Solicitors has promoted Emma Edwards to partner in the Lancaster office and announced that Mark Burrow has become a consultant with the firm in the Lancaster office
  • The Manchester office of Clarke Willmott has expanded its social housing team with the appointment of specialist Stuart Whitehead
  • Hill Dickinson has appointed Bernadette Worthington to its health employment team in the Liverpool office.
  • Ward Hadaway has announced a number of newly qualified solicitors including Mona Mojtabavi and Tom Goodburn in the Manchester office.
  • Squire Patton Boggs has announced the appointment of senior real estate lawyer Steven Silver.
  • Slater and Gordon has welcomed two solicitors to its Manchester office where they join the travel team: Victoria Cox and Joanna Holyst-Salej.
  • Trowers & Hamlins has expanded its corporate team with the appointment of Kavita Roy as a senior associate.
  • Dispute resolution specialist Paul Lever has joined Excello Law.
  • Amie Harrison and Scott Bennett have qualified as solicitors at Napthens.
  • Stowe Family Law LLP has welcomed solicitor Rachel Darrell.



  • DWF has appointed finance litigation partner Ben Johnson to its Manchester office from DLA.
  • Hilary Meredith Solicitors has promoted Simon Quinn to partner and head of military claims.
  • Burnetts Solicitors has announced that Joanne McKenzie is taking over leadership of the agribusiness team, Sarah Willshire will be head of banking whilst Robbie Mather and Helen Hayward will be heads of commercial property.
  • Mills & Reeve has appointed associate Charlotte Lewis to lead its commercial health practice.
  • Napthens Solicitors has appointed solicitor Daniel Rawcliffe.
  • Clarke Willmott has welcomed senior associates Nicola Walker and Rebecca Clarke.
  • Leigh Day has welcomed industrial disease solicitor Louisa Saville.
  • Forbes Solicitors has recruited two new associates: Catherine Kennedy and Francesca James



  • Hill Dickinson has appointed Gareth Roberts as an employment partner. The firm has also announced the appointment of partner Matt Noon to its board.
  • Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall has appointed Tanzeela Aslam to head up the clinical negligence and personal injury practice.
  • JMW Solicitors has appointed Jo Brine as head of its accidents abroad team.
  • Leigh Day has appointed Lauren Tully, a clinical negligence specialist, as a solicitor in the Manchester office.
  • Family solicitor Helen Maguire has joined Harrison Drury in Clitheroe as an associate.
  • Clough & Willis has expanded its private client team with the appointment of assistant solicitor Sarah Greene.
  • Butcher & Barlow has welcomed solicitor Danielle Gatcliffe to its property team.
  • KBL Solicitors has appointed Sarah Collier as a solicitor in the employment law team.
  • Napthens has appointed Rebecca Hardee, a residential property specialist, as a solicitor.
  • Bromleys Solicitors has announced that Anthony Theakston and Daniela Maggioni have joined the firm’s childcare team as associate solicitors.
  • Rebecca Meehan and Eluned Roberts, both family solicitors, have joined Slater Heelis.
  • HRC Law in Manchester has appointed a new partner, Paul Kirkpatrick, in its commercial dispute resolution team.
  • Land Law LLP has appointed associate partner Louise Belderbos to its real estate transactions team.
  • The Manchester office of Clarke Willmott has announced the arrival of a new insolvency team. The team includes Rachael Bentley, senior associate and Keir Merrick, paralegal.
  • Shoosmiths has appointed a new plot sales team in the Manchester office. Heading up the new team is Tony Nutting. He is supported by Laura-Louise Betts and Emma Burns.
  • Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth has recruited associate Heather Roberts to its wills, trust and estates disputes team in Manchester
  • Forbes Solicitors has expanded its contentious trusts and probate team with the recruitment of solicitor Tom Howcroft.
  • Brabners LLP has appointed Christine Hart as head of employment in its Preston office.


  • DLA Piper has appointed private equity specialist Andy Phillips as a corporate partner from Eversheds.
  • The Manchester office of Clarke Willmott has added a new construction team headed by James Driver.
  • Brabners LLP has promoted three senior associates to partner: David McGurnaghan, Joanne Radcliff and Nikki Whittle.
  • Myerson has appointed Neil Armstrong as a partner.
  • Butcher & Barlow has announced five new partners: Rebecca Jepson, Zoë Paton-Crockett,  Andy Mackenzie, Samuel Dale and Adam Shawcross.
  • Davis Blank Furniss has made three partner promotions:  Sonio Singh has been promoted to equity partner along with family lawyers Caroline Bilous and Kirsty Morbey who become partners.
  • Davitt Jones Bould has welcomed Richard Holmes as a partner.
  • Kennedys has appointed data scientist Dr Xi Liu to its Manchester office.
  • Slater and Gordon has appointed Julia Bridges as a team leader in the clinical negligence team.
  • Matthew Rowlands and Pippa Whitmore have been promoted to legal directors at Pinsent Masons.
  • Bromleys Solicitors has appointed Laura Stansfield as the head of its wills, probate and planning.
  • Specialist residential conveyancing solicitor Jennifer Prysiaznyj has joined Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall Solicitors.
  • Weightmans has made Graham Dean an equity partner in the Liverpool office.
  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed Kris Inskip as a partner in the medical negligence team.
  • Kuits has promoted head of construction Ben Connor to partner.
  • Hibberts LLP has made three partner promotions: Gemma Ambrose, Claire Dobson and Chris Boundy.
  • Stephensons has announced three new partners: Danielle Callaway, Laura Sheehan and  Colin Rawson.
  • Fletchers Solicitors has appointed Vikas Shah MBE as a non-executive director.
  • Weightmans has welcomed a team of four new lawyers to its built environment team in Manchester: Rowan Thomas, Nicholas Lowe, Natasha Jordan and Natasha Frayne.
  • Hibberts LLP has appointed probate solicitor Kelley Underwood to the firm.
  • Anthony Philip James & Co has appointed two new senior lawyers: Anthony Wilson Sara Robertson.


  • DWF has appointed Graham Dagnall as executive partner in its Liverpool office.
  • Clough & Willis has promoted property lawyer Dominique Oliviero to partner.
  • Freeman Fisher has announced the arrival of two new heads of department at the firm. Alex Walsh and Stephen Robinson.
  • Paul Smith, Ian Fishwick and Ruth Baker have joined Thomson Hayton Winkley.
  • KBL Solicitors has made a number of promotions. Greg Gardner-Boyes and Maria Lonergan have joined the partnership
  • Knights Professional Services Limited has announced that it has agreed to acquire Turner Parkinson. The acquisition is expected to complete in the coming weeks.
  • Burton Copeland has announced the appointment of Jonathan Wall as its first non-qualified partner.
  • Forbes solicitors has announced a number of promotions. Associates Shirley Wignall and Gill Carr have both been promoted to partners
  • Gorvins solicitors has established a new department dealing exclusively with military injury and serious sports injury
    claims. Partner Gary Boyd will be heading the department.
  • Farleys Solicitors has welcomed a number of new additions to its commercial department.
  • Fieldings Porter has announced that from 1 May 2018, David Darlington and Jennifer Moorhouse have been promoted
    to the position of associate solicitor.
  • Burnetts solicitors has welcomed solicitor Caroline Redhead back to the firm
  • KBL Solicitors has made a number of promotions. Helen Grundy and Gillian Hindle have been promoted to associate
  • SAS Daniels has made a number of promotions. Associates Anna Barnes, Scott Tams, Sarah Pull and Victoria Timothy have all been promoted to senior associate. Rachel Condie, Genevieve Powrie and Kerry Jones have all been promoted to associate.
  • HRC Law, has welcomed William Ngan as corporate associate. HRC Law has promoted Sherrelle Scott to associate.
  • Forbes solicitors has announced a number of promotions: Solicitors Jenny Burke and Amy Stirton have been
    promoted to associates.
  • CG Professional has been joined by corporate and commercial specialist Jennifer Bell.
  • Brabners LLP has appointed Lisa Robinson-Behnejad as director of marketing and business development
  • Kate Robertson has joined Aaron & Partners leadership team as HR manager
  • Gill Hart has joined KBL Solicitors as their new business manager
  • Weightmans has promoted a number of new partners including Ian Critchley (healthcare), Kevin Brown (information systems) and Tom Collins (real estate).
  • Weightmans has announced the promotion of its third non-lawyer to partner. Kevin Brown
  • Brabners LLP has announced the lateral hire of two partners. Philip Sheard and Jon Close.
  • Plexus Law has appointed Phil D’Netto as the new head of catastrophic injury.
  • Express Solicitors has appointed Michael Connor as a partner.
  • Weightmans has appointed associate Matthew Morton to head up a new disputed wills trusts and estates team
  • Glaisyers (Manchester) has appointed solicitor Hannah Vachre to its commercial litigation team, and Matthew Brennan as conveyancing managing.
  • Pannone Corporate has made a number of senior appointments. Rhian Greaves, Suzanne Townley, Harriet Sutherland. Pannone Corporate has also appointed two new solicitors. Helen Porter and Elizabeth Walsh.
  • Birchall Blackburn Law has made three senior promotions – Fiona Hendry, Joan Kennedy and Michelle Fairhurst
  • Express Solicitors has announced a number of appointments including Chris Hibbert. Other new recruits include Mark Grist, Kevin Davis, Jenn Friedrich, Anna Thompson, Patricia Higgins, Ruth Magee and So Teng Tang.
  • Senior associates, Sandra Crichton and Caroline Brennan have joined Kuits’ corporate and commercial team.


  • Fieldfisher has appointed David Bowcock as head of its corporate team in Manchester.
  • Farleys Solicitors has promoted commercial lawyer Stephen Greenwood to equity partner.
  • Bermans has welcomed Stephen Jarman to its Manchester based corporate team as a partner.
  • Irwin Mitchell has announced that it is launching a will, trust and estate disputes team in Manchester which will be led by senior associate Nazia Nawaz.
  • Excello Law has welcomed commercial litigation specialist Sarah Nolan to the firm’s Liverpool office.
  • Harold Stock & Co has welcomed Scott Turner-Percy as a member of the commercial litigation team.
  • Farleys Solicitors has promoted solicitors Jane Chadwick and Sally Eastwood to associate partners.
  • Roberts Jackson Solicitors has appointed Rachael Charmbury as CEO.
  • Bermans has welcomed solicitor Gareth Farrelly to its litigation team.
  • Birchall Blackburn Law has appointed Leanne Tattam and Robert Jones as associate solicitors.
  • Addleshaw Goddard has announced the appointment of partner Mike O’Connor as head of the firm’s Manchester office.
  • Shoosmiths has announced a number of new partner promotions including Lisa On-lam (real estate).
  • Fieldfisher has recruited Charlotte Round as a banking partner.
  • Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth has appointed Katie McCann as a partner.
  • TLT has hired Jon Hainey as a partner in its commercial services group.
  • Mills & Reeve has promoted four principal associates to partners. In the firm’s Manchester office Paul Knight (commercial) has been promoted.
  • Shoosmiths has announced a number of senior promotions including Hollie Wrigley who has been promoted to senior associate.
  • Brabners LLP has appointed Robert White as its new chief executive officer.
  • Russell & Russell has appointed Richard Thomas as a solicitor in the criminal defence department.
  • Scott Rees & Co. has promoted Benjamin Gill to associate.
  • Your Legal Friend has appointed specialist solicitor Rebecca Thomas to its asbestos team.


  • Addleshaw Goddard has announced the appointment of six partners: Anita Weightman, Paul Barnard, Patrick Duffy, Chris Perrin, Tony Weightman and Emily Williams.
  • Fieldfisher has recruited medical negligence lawyer Jenny Urwin.
  • McAlister Family Law has expanded with the appointment of Chris Fairhurst as a partner.
  • Bromleys Solicitors LLP has announced that Olivia Bell has been promoted to partner.
  • Gateley plc has appointed Louise Ilhan as legal director in its residential development team.
  • Ward Hadaway has welcomed newly-qualified Jodi Seddon to its family team in Manchester.
  • The Manchester office of Leigh Day has appointed solicitor Colin Murphy to its travel team.
  • Birchall Blackburn has appointed lawyer Quentin Underhill to lead its serious injury team.
  • Butcher & Barlow has welcomed solicitor Rachel Martin to the commercial team.
  • FDR Law has appointed Mark Lockett as CEO
  • Irwin Mitchell has announced that family lawyer Ros Bever has been appointed as regional managing partner.
  • Myerson has welcomed property litigation specialist Sean Hackett.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed Paula Hamer as an associate.
  • Stowe Family Law LLP has appointed Sarah Snow to lead the firm’s new Manchester office.
  • HRC Law has appointed solicitor Sarah Milligan to its property department.
  • Potter Rees Dolan has promoted five new partners: Lesley Herbertson, Gill Edwards and Helen Shaw, Jeanne Evans and Gary Herbert.
  • Clough & Willis has appointed Nicola Finbow as head of its private client department.
  • Hall Brown Family Law has welcomed solicitor Judith Showman to the firm.


  • Addleshaw Goddard has announced the appointment of construction specialists Paul O’Kane and Paul Barge as well as property partners from Irwin Mitchell.
  • TLT has expanded its employment, pensions and incentives group with the appointment of Paula Cole to its Manchester office.
  • Napthens has welcomed Jon Esner as a corporate partner and head of the commercial contracts team.
  • JMW has promoted Ruth McCarthy to head of real estate.
  • Napthens has welcomed solicitor Daniel Coll to its commercial property team in Kendal.
  • KBL Solicitors has welcomed solicitor Emma Green to its private client department.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed partner Mike Mousdale.
  • SAS Daniels has promoted corporate lawyer Paul Tyrer to partner.
  • Morecrofts Solicitors has recruited conveyancing solicitor Alison Love to the firm.
  • Cullimore Dutton Solicitors has appointed commercial property solicitor Rachel Phillips as head of its commercial property department.
  • Lanyon Bowdler has appointed newly-qualified solicitor Kelly Stant to its clinical negligence team.
  • Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall Solicitors has recruited Taibah Khan to head up its new education service.
  • HRC Law has made three senior appointments to its employment team. Jo Handler joins the team as an associate, Siobhan Howard-Palmer joins from an in-house role and Heena Kapadi joins as a solicitor.


  • Burnetts Solicitors has promoted James Johnston to partner.
  • Irwin Mitchell has made a number of promotions. The new associates are Ailsa Anderson (commercial litigation), David Wright (costs), Christine McClenaghan (residential property), Tim Cotgreave (operations) and Neil Patterson (Ascent). The senior associates are Hannah Saxe (family), Amanda Marsh (military) , Cheryl Palmer-Hughes (international personal injury), Richard Biggs, Matthew Garson, Keith Cundall, (serious injury), Shilpi Jairath and Adele Lomas (Ascent).
  • McAlister Family Law has appointed family law solicitor Charlotte Percy as an associate.
  • Swayne Johnson has appointed Claire Sumner to head up the commercial and travel section.
  • Oliver & Co has appointed Rhiannon White as a new family solicitor.
  • Vincents Solicitors has appointed Claire Hamilton to lead its Chorley office.
  • Hill Dickinson has announced the appointment of Gavin Jones as a partner
  • Fieldfisher’s Manchester office has promoted Donall Caherty to partner.
  • Mills & Reeve has confirmed the appointment of Mike Edge as a partner in the Manchester office.
  • Brabners LLP has announced that Nik White has been appointed managing partner
  • Appleyard Lees has appointed Bill Lister as a partner in its Manchester office.
  • Nigel Crebbin has joined the HR and employment team at Burnetts solicitors as a partner.
  • James Allison, Napthens’ head of real estate, has taken over from James Todhunter
  • Trowers & Hamlins has announced that it will be retaining six out of seven trainees who are qualifying this spring,including Ellie O’Sullivan and Penelope Salih
  • Forbes solicitors has appointed Oliver Burton as its new chief executive officer.
  • Freeths in Manchester has appointed Jill Carey as a director
  • Harrison Drury has made five promotions Daniel Boulton and Hannah Hughes have been promoted to senior associate . James Robbins becomes senior associate, Sarah Astley has been promoted to associate. Meanwhile, Kerry Southworth, has been promoted.
  • Solicitor Natalie Parkinson has joined Napthens’ employment team
  • Gorvins solicitors has promoted Tasoula Addison to senior associate.
  • Emily Jordan has qualified as a solicitor at Fiona Bruce LLP
  • Linder Myers has appointed Chris Davies as marketing director.


  • Squire Patton Boggs has welcomed Kerry Lee as a partner in the intellectual property & technology practice.
  • Fieldfisher has appointed two new partners; Liam Buckley and Simon Taylor.
  • Forbes Solicitors has promoted Justine Hunkins to partner in the housing and regeneration team.
  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed two corporate partners; Adam Kaucher and Victoria Zivkovic.
  • Davis Blank Furniss has appointed Matthew Handley as an assistant solicitor in the family team.
  • Turner Parkinson has appointed Martin March as a director.
  • Commercial property specialist Victoria Jones has joined Excello Law.
  • Butcher & Barlow has welcomed property litigator James Holton to the firm.
  • Burnetts Solicitors has appointed Rachael Stephenson as a senior associate in the wills, probate and trusts team.
  • Farleys Solicitors has announced that Jenny Goodwin has qualified into the corporate team and Rebecca Woollam into the personal injury department. Meanwhile, the firm has appointed solicitors Natasha Higgins and Devora Brown, who join the insolvency and commercial property departments respectively.
  • HRC Law has welcomed paralegal Joe Rogers to its corporate and commercial team.
  • Chris Longbottom has joined Clarke Willmott’s office to head up the firm’s family sector.
  • Hilary Meredith Solicitors has welcomed solicitor Susan Healey to the firm.
  • Oglethorpe Sturton Gillibrand has announced that Lara McIntosh has qualified as a solicitor after successfully completing her training contract with the firm.
  • Brabners LLP has appointed two intellectual property professionals. Associate Hannah Fawcett is a dual-qualified intellectual property solicitor whilst Amy Pilkington is trade mark and patent administrator.
  • Employment law adviser Rebekah Lindeman has joined the employment and HR team at Napthens.

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